Friday night lights could be a thing of the past for the Falcons at Frontier Central, as the district looks to save money wherever it can.
Eliminating outdoor night sporting events, including football, lacrosse and soccer games, could save $12,000 or more, said interim School Superintendent Paul Hashem.
“Do we want lights at night, or do we have to eliminate a part-time or full-time position?” he said.
That was one of the smaller items recommended by the administration to the board Thursday night to come up with a $29.43 million budget.
“The Board of Education has not made any decisions, and in fact, some of the items on this Power Point, this is our first glance at them,” board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said
Board member Lynn Szalkowski said the board should have had the time to discuss the proposed cuts before presenting them to the public.
“I think by presenting this and the proposed cuts, is still going to cause the alarm. We should have discussed it in further detail ... before presenting it to the public,” she said.
Among the positions to be abolished: director of facilities, nurse practitioner, modified athletic trainer position, laundry worker, two speech teachers, 10 classroom aides, 1.6 language teachers, two social workers, one music, one social studies, one science, part-time math and a part-time health teacher.
Nine Middle School clubs, and 12 at the high school would be eliminated, but elementary clubs would not be touched.
More than 27 positions would be abolished, but because of reorganizations and retirements, only 11.93 teachers and staff would be laid off.
Some of the savings in teaching positions would come by reorganizing the team teaching model at the middle school.
Sixth-graders would continue in teams, and seventh- and eighth-graders would not.
The administration also recommended abolishing all after-school bus runs except for athletics and detention.
Board member Jack D. Chiappone asked about the cost of the sports buses, and Plarr suggested students staying for detention be picked up by their parents.
Board member Tom Best Jr. said he was speechless when he got a copy of the proposal.
“It’s proposed, it’s not the final budget,” he said. “The devastation of losing these jobs is eating at me.”
Board member Larry Albert, a former music teacher in the district, said whatever time it takes, he and other board members will put the time in.
“Frontier has been my whole life,” he said.
“We’ve got to turn the lights back on, literally, for Frontier School District,” Best said.